I just finished the book and can barely string together a coherent and intelligent sentence together after that rollercoaster ride of a story. I am surprised at the speed with with I read through the entirety of it. But here we go-
Krishna Udayasankar knocks it out of the park again with 'Beast'. The action scenes are gripping and exciting as always. Enough so that they're shonen anime level good.
'Beast' spins a tale of a universe much like our own and yet different some key ways and it was interesting to read the author interweave mythology, fantasy and fact into this new universe. I have to admit, in the beginning I was reading in a dispassionate manner but as the story kept unfolding and twisting, I grew invested in the turns it took.
The story reads like a Hollywood produced fast-paced big budget action thriller, interspersed with some touching character moments and interactions. Krishna knows when to keep up the readers on their toes and when to let them breathe.
While many would at certain times call the twists predictable, the essence of the story for me lied not in the mystery or the chase but in the journey the protagonist, Prithvi, takes from the first page to the last page. It was as much a story about identity, be that what it may, as it was fantasy one.
The only complaint from me would be there wasn’t enough ACP Aditi Kashyap.
All in all, a fun story to curl up with if you’re in the mood to go for an adrenaline-fuelled trip.
Cover 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Review 4 different people from different walks of life get together to solve a murder case by a beast but things are in no one control. Things changed for all, from family turmoils, heart breaks, broken Friendships, dead relationships, and dreading past even make our hero mad and then something completely changes his life and he want to save her with help of Friends, trusted confidante persons and people who once were part of family. Mythological creature, science upgradation, medical advances, genetics and a bad experiment that turn malice against the one who are not pure breed but are orphans and are getting killed for some sick research on them by one of the kind and that make things works but nature plays its role and change the whole scenario, Friends become bitter because of misunderstanding, death happens because of life unexpected turns and danger to society can change the earth by just revealing what they are and how they become that way . All characters are cool and expert in there works like unit and happy ending comes in the ending as the truth prevail to everyone and a family started bonding between all the people.
Title - Beast Author - Krishna Udayasankar Publisher - Penguin India Genre - Fiction Language - English Format - Paperpack
The book is simply wow. I just can't believe what I read now. Is it a book! No! No! It's a book that every writer dreamt to write. It's a book that won every readers heart in each page in each word and in each sentence.
Plot :- It is an urban fantasy thriller. It is not completely but very much based on Indian myths. Aditi Kashyap , the Asst. Commissioner Of Police is appointed to solve a triple murder case in Mumbai. The story starts with this base of murder case but later on it slowly entered into a new terrifying horrifying world, the world of Saimhas - Werelions . The Saimhas are present along side us from the begining of Ancient time without our knowledge. By the help of Prithivi she finally able to decode the case.... How all these became reality is the main suspense of the book.
❣️ Starting with the cover to the title both r really impresive and that's what called a strict smart Publisher who have done such an impressive work that every booklover surely attracted towards the book to read it once. ❣️The storyline is significant plot is one of the most beautiful and thrilling one I have ever read. I lived each and every page and every new page is like something unique beyond imagination for me. ❣️ The protrayed of each character is wonderful along with its speed is perfect for a thriller book. ❣️The writing style and the language used is simply perfect for every reader no matter whether the reader is beginner or a Bookworm everyone should love it surely.
It's one of my best read till now and highly recommended to everyone to go fetch the book and read it you will simply going to Mesmerized within it.
Title and cover - 4.2/5 Storyline / Plot - 5/5 Protrayed of Character - 4.1/5 Language - 4.5/5 Writing style - 4.7/5 Twists - 4.8/5
"When you don't know what moves a man, you can't foresee his actions." - Krishna Udayasankar
Blurb: When Assistant Commissioner of Police Aditi Kashyap is called upon to solve a gruesome triple homicide in a Mumbai suburb, she is dragged into the terrifying world of the Saimhas -- werelions -- who have lived alongside humans, hiding amongst them, since ancient times. Faced with the unbelievable, Aditi has no choice but to join hands with Prithvi, an Enforcer called in to hunt down this seemingly otherworldly murderer. But can Prithvi overcome the nightmarish burdens of his dark and violent past to unravel the mystery hidden deep within this secret world of werelions? Can he be trusted to save lives, or will he choose to serve a different, more powerful, master? As a greater conspiracy unfolds and the very survival of humankind is placed under threat, Aditi and Prithvi must race through the dark underbelly of Mumbai -- from quiet suburbs to gritty brothels, from forgotten colonial tunnels to the lights and glamour of the inner city -- in search of a dangerous truth. In search of a monster.
This is probably one of the most intriguing and nail biting book I've read in the recent past. The theme of the book is so fascinating that you can't stop reading even for once.
I have heard about werewolves before but this book introduced me to the world of werelions or the Saimhas. It's really a fascinating world but they have their restrictions and many rules and regulations which they must abide by to thrive peacefully. The storyline is weaved with so much care and the intricacies are so well designed that it kept me on the edge throughout.
The beast part of the book apart from the storyline is definitely the characters. They are very much well built and each characters are provided with their backstories and those are extremely well written. There are a few chapters which are slowly paced to tell about the characters perfectly but other than those all the chapters proceed with a breakneck speed.
The narration is perfect and tied the whole story beautifully. The language is so lucid and it made the prose so much interesting to read. Moreover this is a book which has an unique concept and I loved the whole of it.
Beast as name and cover tells a lot about this book both are perfect and cover is awesome. This title intrigues me to read this book it looks like an crime thriller but it is way beyond that. I like how Krishna Udayashankar moulds story with mythology ,lot of facts described through them. The story of Narsimha and Prahlad gives an intresting twist to this book. This story has lot of emotions in between a murder mystery there is love story, betrayal and friendship too. Each thing is written so beautifully that it can keep you hooked till the end. Krishna writing style is crisp and up to the point, there is no point of time like I thought of story was streched or something. Storyline:ACP Aditi Kashyap is called upon to solve a gruesome triple murders in mumbai suburb. She was shocked to saw the crime scene as it didn't look like murder by a human its like some animal killed them. Prithvi an enforcer is hired to search and killed the killer, but together both dragged to world of saimahs -werelions and there is many more that you have to read this book. I really like the humorous dialogues by Prithvi and all scenes are written perfectly. Language is simple and lucid .Narration is crisp and clean. I really like the characters Prithvi, Aditi, Bhutani, Chandani n Dr Acharya,all characters come out very well and little little things about them described perfectly. So I recommend this book to everyone inspite of this genre you liked it or not.
The cover of the book goes well with the story. Author's narration style is impressive, though appears difficult to understand / follow for initial few pages but as pages are turned you totally get engrossed in the book. Book is science fiction and has lot of horror and action scenes in it. The horror scenes take your breath away and action scenes are gripping, exciting and lively like in movies. Plot looks convincing and is about solving of triple homicide murder which happened in Mumbai suburbs as mentioned in description of book without any surprises. The main protagonists are a good cop "Aditi Kashyap" ACP Crime Branch, Mumbai and "Prithvi" an enforcer. Villain in the plot is not a human but Werelion hence the title "Beast". Author has built charecters well and done justice to all including supporting characters. To know about protagonists, their identity / background / charecter, how they meet, why they team up, difficulties they face, how they catch the murderers etc is the essence of story so grab the book and start reading. Book leaves readers with happy feeling in the end.
Pros : Plot is very interesting, entertaining and gripping.
People who enjoy reading and watching sci-fi like werewolves, vampires, predators etc would love this book.
Beast by Krishna Udayshankar, is a murder mystery thriller, horrifying at the same time. Also includes a touch of mythology blended with science fiction facts and myths. To blend all these genres and styles into one book is no amateur task. Krishna Udayshankar has done a great job in clubbing all these together into a single read. The book is a thriller such that it keeps the readers on their toes all throughout the book till the very end. I love the cover of the book, thrilling and horrifying at the same time, one glance at it and the reader can feel the chills down their spines.
The storyline is way more thrilling than the cover and the title together. ACP Aditi Kashyap is assigned a triple murder mystery case. The shocking part of the case being the way the murders had been attempted. It didn't look like the work of any sane human. It was more of an animal like attack. Now about the protagonist, Prithvi, who is an enforcer, and is hired to track down the murderer or killers and kill them to put an end to these recurring murders in the metro city suburb of Mumbai. Soon thereafter, Prithvi and Aditi are introduced to the world of Saimahs - the werelions(yes, just like werewolves) This species has been said to have existed parallel to the human race since ancient times but were never discovered as they both existed in their own discreet worlds living peacefully away from the other. Just as exciting as it sounds, there's a lot lot more this book has to offer.
Wow! Let me tell you this first.... She wrote beautifully. This is my first time reading her book and it won't be the last. I hope she writes more and more.
I was, at first, a little narrow eyed at the premise of shape-shifting and all. But the first chapter griped me by my throat and shuffled my thoughts so much that i had to move forward while living all the prejudices behind.
This book...go blind into this. Don't even read the premise. The only thing you need to know is that this is an urban fantasy...one of its kind among Indian books that i have come across. And this is written mind blowingly.
Love how the premise was executed an the plot flow was breath taking.
In the FIRST CHAPTER itself you witness the CREATURE and so many questions are bombared at you that you have to continue with it. The THING... The BEAST is so much interesting to read.
What...Who....Wow.. This was me the whole time reading the book.
“Woowww” was the first word I said when I completed this book. This book is amazing. Its cover, concept, Storyline everything is awesome. When I first read the blurb I knew this book was something that I had to read. The language was easy, its pace was fast and concept was very unique. From the first chapter itself, the book became a page turner for me. The characterization and the storyline were so interesting that I just couldn’t stop reading. The book is a full packed with action, thriller, mystery, mythology and fiction. This was the first book of the author which I read, but I definitely loved her writing style and I am sure I am going to read more of her books in future. This book is surely my favourite, if you love urban fiction, you know which book to pick now !
I read this book awhile ago and still can’t get my thoughts how much I loved it. I don’t know from where to start. Let’s start with the writing style. It took time for me to get into the story, but later it got me engrossed, I am in the love with the writing style, but I have to say the language used is not quite easy to understand. It’s very difficult to tell which this book fits perfectly in one genre. It has a essence of sci-fi , mythology, thriller and fantasy. Character development is done extremely well , I loved the way how the author describes them. This book will take you in the past and the present, this book is full of suspense. Right from the beginning, I was wondering how this book will end. The end was perfect , it could have been no ,more better. Calling all sci-fi, mythology, fantasy fans to read it and I recommend it to all.